Irrigation Council - Position Profile

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The Minister of Agriculture and Forestry selects qualified Albertans to serve as public members of Irrigation Council.

Role Description
  • Monitor the operation and financial performance of the 13 Irrigation Districts;
  • Conduct hearings when required to do so under Part 4 of the Irrigation Districts Act (the Act);
  • Hear applications under Section 38(2) or (3) of the Act;
  • Hear the appeal of any matter appealed to the Council under Part 8 of the Act;
  • Grant approval to irrigation districts before an expenditure of money is made under a cost-sharing agreement between a district and the Government of Alberta; and
  • Members are appointed for three year terms and are eligible for reappointment.
About the Agency
  • The Council's mandate is to:
    • Make recommendations to the Minister on issues related to maintaining a strong, efficient and sustainable irrigation industry and act as an appeal body in accordance with the |Act;
    • Establish policies and procedures for the administration of the Irrigation Rehabilitation Program, to ensure accountability for the public's ongoing investment of funding to rehabilitate irrigation district infrastructure;
    • Make recommendations to the Minister on issues related to rural water development in support of economic and rural viability within areas that can be served by irrigation districts, and
    • Provide policy recommendations to the Minister pertaining to water allocated to irrigation districts with respect to economic and rural development, municipal demands and the protection of the environment.
  • The Council consists of a maximum of seven members.
  • Irrigation Council is established under Section 50 of the Act which is administered by Agriculture and Forestry.
Agency Classification
  • Irrigation Council is governed by the Alberta Public Agency Governance Act.
  • Irrigation Council is an adjudicative agency.
Skills & Experience
  • Experience
    • Governance - professional or volunteer experience or knowledge related to board governance and processes, including quasi-judicial bodies is preferred. Board governance training and administrative justice training are desirable.
    • Business/management - Experience working on and leading committees, and experience in policy and procedure development is desirable.
    • Accounting/Financial - Understanding of financial statements is desirable.
  • Personal Effectiveness Skills
    • Leadership/Teamwork.
    • Consensus Building.
    • Communication/Relationship - able to communicate effectively and build relationships with Council members and industry stakeholders.
    • Strategic Thinking - able to strategically assess opportunities and challenges facing the irrigation industry.
    • Critical Thinking/Decision Making - able to creatively assess situations and generate novel or innovative solutions.
    • Ethics and Personal Values - high standard of personal values (e.g. good judgement, strong integrity and fairness) that align with the Irrigation Council's Code of Conduct.
Specialized Knowledge and Experience
  • Agriculture and Rural Development knowledge - irrigated agriculture in Alberta and its importance in economic, social and environmental aspects of rural development.
  • Irrigation Industry and Irrigation Districts operations - irrigation industry in Alberta and the operations of Irrigation Districts. Familiarity with the construction and rehabilitation aspects of irrigation district infrastructure is desirable.
Remuneration, Time Commitment and Meeting Location
  • For time spent on the business of the Council, a member appointed to the Council shall be paid
    • $115 for up to and including four hours in any day, or
    • $191 for over four hours and up to and including eight hours in any day, or
    • $306 for over eight hours in any day
  • The remuneration of members appointed to the Council will be set in accordance with Schedule 1 Part B of the Committee Remuneration Order (OC 466/2007), as amended from time to time.
  • Approximately six one-day Council meetings are held per year in Lethbridge.
  • As the Appeal body under the Act, Council member panels conduct appeal hearings as required.
  • There are approximately three days of tours/meetings annually with the irrigation districts in rural southern Alberta.
  • Throughout the year various workshops, conferences and or annual general meetings may require Council's attendance.
Additional Notes
  • Geographic location - represents an area of the irrigated region of Alberta that brings diversity to Council.
Additional information on Irrigation Council membership can be obtained from:

Irrigation Secretariat
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
Room #328, Provincial Building
200 – 5 Avenue South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4L1
Phone: 403-381-5176

Other Documents in the Series

  What is the Irrigation Council?
Irrigation Council's Mission Statement
What are the Functions of the Irrigation Council?
Who May Appeal to the Irrigation Council?
What is the Membership of the Irrigation Council?
Irrigation Council - Position Profile - Current Document
Who Carries Out the Decisions of the Irrigation Council?
How Do We Contact the Irrigation Council?
What is an Irrigation District?
What is the Purpose of the Irrigation Districts Act?
Irrigation Council Compensation Disclosure
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This information published to the web on September 5, 2008.
Last Reviewed/Revised on December 4, 2018.